Loaded Beef Taco Bowls

garnished beef taco bowl with tortilla chips and fresh limes on the side

These Loaded Beef Taco Bowls are the ultimate easy weeknight dinner! Perfectly spiced cooked beef loaded on a bed of ALLLL your favorite toppings! Easy and the whole family is going to LOVE it! 

Happy Tuesday, friends! I’m so excited to share these Loaded Beef Taco Bowls with you today. These are actually on our WEEKLY menu at our house. 

We literally have them every Tuesday so I knew I had to write down the actual recipe (vs just throwing seasonings into the pan) and get it to y’all 🙂 

Why You’ll Love These Taco Bowls: 

First off, these are incredibly easy to make. If you’re in a season of business like me, these bowls are so simple to whip up to please literally everyone in the family – even the pickiest of toddlers! 

One way they are pleasing? They’re SO customizable. 

close up of cooked beef in the loaded taco bowl

You can look down further in the blog post for both ingredient substitutions and add-ons, but you can really add whatever veggie you might have in your fridge, fresh or jarred salsa, guacamole or chopped avocado, whatever you like! 

In this recipe, you will find the basics – the BEEF + seasonings and the rice. 

I love the taco seasoning blend I use here! It’s the perfectly blend of smoky, a little spicy, salty and delicious!

photo of taco spice blend in a small wooden bowl  

From there, top as you see fit! 

Oh, and of course, my all time favorite way to eat this bowl is to skip the fork completely and eat with lots of tortilla chips. It’s the best. 

So let’s get into what you need to make this recipe. 

Ingredients You Need: 

Beef – for this recipe, I used grass fed 85/15 beef. Feel free to use whatever kind of beef is your favorite. 

Homemade Taco Spice Blend – this consists of chili powder, salt, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika…lots of pantry staples here!

Tomato Paste – A must have! I like buying the reusable squeeze tubes of tomato paste so they last longer in the fridge vs. the cans. 

White Rice – I use organic white rice! Be sure to rinse it. 

Cilantro + Lime – you use these ingredients for both the rice and to top the bowls. 

Toppings of Choice – I love using my homemade salsa recipe, cotija cheese, fresh cilantro, lime etc….find more options below! 

How to Make Taco Bowls Step by Step: 

  1. Begin by rinsing your rice and cooking it. Cook according to the box instructions on your rice! As stated below in the substitution section, no shame in using easy microwaveable rice either! 
  2. Once the rice is about halfway through cooking, heat up a medium size skillet on medium heat. Add in the ground beef and break it up into small pieces/chunks. Let the beef cook for 7-10 minutes, stirring around occasionally until it’s completely cooked through.
  3. Once the beef is cooking, add in the homemade spice blend, tomato paste and a little bit of water. Mix together and let it cook on low to really meld together the spices for 5 minutes or so while you chop up your toppings! cooked beef in skillet
  4. The rice should be done by now, add in some chopped cilantro and fresh lime juice with a pinch of salt to your liking. Stir in and taste and adjust spices if needed!cooked cilantro lime rice in pot
  5. Time to assemble your bowls! I like adding my rice to the bottom, topping with beef + the other toppings and garnishing with fresh lime, cilantro and cotija cheese. YUM. 

Best Tips on Making Taco Bowls: 

I really like to go ahead and get all of my topping ingredients out when both the rice and beef are cooking at the same time- this will ensure that I’m ready to go when they are both done cooking. 

Feel free to truly utilize what YOU HAVE in your fridge! No need to go crazy for this recipe and go buy a huge bag of avocados if you have some premade Costco guacamole in your fridge. 

Use what works for you in this season of life! 

side view of garnished taco bowl

And as always, TASTE AND ADJUST SEASONINGS AS YOU GO! If you feel like the taco blend doesn’t have enough kick for you, add in some ground cayenne pepper. 

Or, if you know you have a more sensitive pallet, use about half of the spice blend at first and then taste and add more if needed. 

If you like your beef “saucier”, you can add more water OR beef broth to the skillet until your desired consistency is reached. 

Ingredient Substitutions:

You can absolutely make your own guacamole instead of using just diced avocado. I especially love this particular recipe – Creamy Salsa Verde Guacamole

If you’re in a rush and can’t make homemade salsa, NO worries! Just use your favorite store bought. 

You can also use easy cook rice and then just add in the cilantro and lime after it’s cooked. 

hand dipping chip in taco bowl

If you’re not the biggest fan of beef, you can use ground pork, ground turkey or ground chicken in its place. Just adjust cooking times accordingly. 

Ingredient Add-Ons:

I love adding a can of black beans into the meat as I’m cooking. It really helps bulk up the meat and usually ends up with having leftovers the next day!

If you’re not a fan of cotija cheese, add some freshly shredded monterey jack cheese!

For a creamy element, add a generous dollop of whole milk plain greek yogurt or sour cream. So delicious! 

You can add any and all the fresh veggies on top! Occasionally I like to do diced red onion or jalapenos if I’m feeling extra spicy! 

Skip the tortilla chips if desired and instead, add these bowls straight into your favorite taco shells! 

Storing Leftovers: 

When storing leftovers, I usually store the rice and beef separately in tightly sealed tupperware bowls so that way I can pick and choose how much of each I eat the next day. 

Be sure to store in the refrigerator of course and these leftovers last for up to 3 days!

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are a few others you might like: 

Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet 

Chorizo Queso 

Ground Chicken Tacos with Chipotle Crema 

Thank you so much for following along here, friends! Want to see more? Be sure to follow ourbalancedbowl on Instagram and tag me with your photo if you end up making a recipe! You can also post a photo of your recipe to the Our Balanced Bowl Facebook page! I always love to see your re-creations! If you do make a recipe, it would make my whole day if you were to rate and comment so I can get your feedback! Lots of love! – Haylie

Loaded Beef Taco Bowls

These Loaded Beef Taco Bowls are the ultimate easy weeknight dinner! Perfectly spiced cooked beef loaded on a bed of ALLLL your favorite toppings! Easy and the whole family is going to LOVE it! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword beef taco bowls, loaded beef taco bowls
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 pound 85/15 ground beef
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water (or beef broth)

Taco Spice Blend

  • 1.5 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  •  2 tsp garlic powder 
  • 1 tsp paprika 

Cilantro Lime Rice

  • 1 cup white rice (rinsed)
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • Juice of half of a large lime 
  • salt to taste

Topping Ideas

  • diced avocado (or guacamole)
  • salsa (homemade or storebought)
  • Cotija cheese 
  • plain whole milk greek yogurt or sour cream
  • lime + cilantro

Instructions

  1. Begin by cooking the rice according to your package instructions.

  2. About halfway through cooking the rice, go ahead and begin cooking the beef. Heat a medium size skillet on medium heat and add the ground beef. Break it up into small pieces/chunks and cook for 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until it's FULLY cooked through.

  3. Once the beef is fully cooked, add in the tomato paste, water and spices. Stir in and then place heat on low to let the seasonings meld together. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed (SEE NOTES!)

  4. While the beef is cooking on low for the 5 minutes, chop up the toppings!

  5. If you desire your beef more saucy, see notes!

  6. Finally, to the rice, add in the chopped cilantro and juice of half of a lime along with a pinch of salt to taste. Taste and add more salt/lime if needed.

  7. Assemble the bowls! I like to put the rice on the bottom, top with a generous scoop of the beef and then top with my favorite toppings. Eat while warm with tortilla chips and ENJOY!

Recipe Notes

TASTE AND ADJUST SEASONINGS AS YOU GO! If you feel like the taco blend doesn’t have enough kick for you, add in some ground cayenne pepper. 

Or, if you know you have a more sensitive pallet, use about half of the spice blend at first and then taste and add more if needed. 

If you like your beef "saucier", you can add more water OR beef broth to the skillet until your desired consistency is reached. 

Leave a Reply

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.